4 Healthy Chicken Salad Recipes

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4 Healthy Chicken Salad Recipes

Apr 5, 2015 //

If you’re looking for something easy and healthy to eat, salads can be a great option. Add some chicken on the top, and you’ve got some quality lean protein in addition to the fresh veggies. There is more than just one way to make a chicken salad though. We’ve collected some awesome healthy salad recipes for you.

1. Curried Chicken Salad

If you’re looking for healthy salad recipes with an exotic edge, try this great curried chicken salad from Health.com.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup plain fat-free yogurt
  • 1/2 cup grapes, halved, or 1/4 cup raisins
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • Dash of salt
  • 1/4 cup walnuts (optional)
  • Lettuce
  • 2 cups chopped leftover chicken

Instructions:

  1. To make the salad’s topping, mix together the yogurt, salt and curry powder, as well as the grapes or raisins and the walnuts (if you’re using them).
  2. Finally, add the chopped chicken to the yogurt mixture. Now that the topping is ready, you can either serve it immediately or chill it until you are ready to eat.
  3. When you’re about to serve the salad, chop the lettuce and layer the topping over the top. Serves four.

Variation

  • Try throwing some sliced carrots and bean sprouts in with the lettuce to add a fresh crunch and sneak in some extra vegetables.

2. Leftover Chicken Chopped Salad with Creamy Paprika Vinaigrette

This chicken salad from Shape.com is healthy eating at its finest. It’s healthy, delicious, and a great way to use up leftovers:

Vinaigrette ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Salad ingredients:

  • 4 cups romaine lettuce, finely chopped
  • 2 cups rotisserie chicken, skin removed, finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 ear grilled corn, shaved
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • 2 Tbsp feta cheese
  • 2 Tbsp cilantro (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Mix together all of the dressing ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Then, add all of the additional ingredients except the feta and cilantro.
  3. Toss until the salad is well-coated.
  4. Serve the salad with the feta and cilantro as a garnish. Serves six.

Variation

  • If you’re feeling indulgent, you can add a little bit of crumbled bacon to the top of this salad for a BLT flavor. Bacon is high fat, but a little goes a long way so you don’t need to add much to really amp up the flavor.

3. Gourmet Healthy Chicken Salad

If you’re looking for healthy salad recipes that are delicious and don’t mind putting a little time and effort into making them, you really ought to try this yummy recipe from Wholeliving.com.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound (2 small whole breasts) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3/4 cup plain nonfat yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp freshly chopped chives
  • 1 Tbsp freshly chopped tarragon
  • 1 Granny Smith apple
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 cup finely diced fennel
  • 1/2 cup finely diced celery
  • 2 cups red seedless grapes, cut in half
  • 6 slices pumpernickel bread
  • 1 bunch watercress, tough stems removed
  • Olive oil cooking spray

Instructions:

  1. Mix the salt and pepper, and use some of it to season the chicken. Cook the chicken and set it aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the remainder of the salt and pepper, yogurt, mustard, tarragon and chives.
  3. Core and dice the apple, then mix in the lemon juice, fennel, grapes and celery.
  4. Dice the chicken and combine with other ingredients.
  5. Serve on the bread garnished with watercress. Serves six.

Variation

  • For a gluten-free twist, leave out the diced celery and serve the chicken salad in long celery stocks.

4. Grilled Chicken Salad with Avocado and Mango

More great healthy eating from Health.com–this salad is a healthy, tasty dish just for you!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp mango chutney
  • 1 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3/4 tsp grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 4 (4-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • Cooking spray
  • 8 cups mixed greens
  • 1 cup diced peeled mango
  • 3/4 cup diced peeled avocado

Instructions:

  1. Prepare your grill, then make the sauce by mixing the oil, soy sauce, ginger, chutney and lime juice.
  2. Place the chicken on a plate and coat it with two tablespoons of the sauce mixture (set the rest of the sauce aside for later). Make sure that you get both sides, then leave it for five minutes.
  3. Grill the chicken. When it’s time to turn it, brush it with the sauce again. When the chicken is cooked, cut it into strips.
  4. Combine the mixed greens, avocado and mango either in a serving bowl or on separate plates. Add the chicken, then drizzle the rest of the sauce over the top. Serves four.

Variation

  • At restaurants, salads like these are frequently accompanied by crispy, deep-fried wonton chips. To achieve the crunch without the calories, try adding toasted, slivered almonds.

 

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Christian Heftel

Christian Heftel is a freelance writer and fitness enthusiast. He is a certified yoga instructor, a teacher of Yau Man Kung Fu and a general lover of outdoor activity. When he's not writing, he enjoys spending time with his wife and son.

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